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COSA Montpellier leads the discussion for Brain Awareness Week 2019 on "Art & Brain.

Where and How Our Brain Deciphers Art

Event organized as part of Brain Awareness Week,

on March 12, 2019, at 7:00 PM,

at La Maison des Étudiants Aimé Schoenig in Montpellier

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Visual processing is known to be very rapid in ultra-rapid categorization tasks where the subject must decide if a briefly flashed image belongs to a target category or not.

How long does the human visual system take to process a complex natural image?

Simone Thorpe, CNRS Research Director (DRCE), Director of CerCo (Toulouse Institute of Mind and Brain), is highly engaged in interdisciplinary research, blending neurophysiology, psychophysics, computer modeling, and theoretical work. Her project, 'Mechanisms of Memory in Humans and Machines', aims to understand how we store sensory memories that can last a lifetime. Her hypothesis is that we record memories in 'grandmother cells' that can remain completely silent for months or years – a sort of neocortical dark matter.

Meanwhile, artists Laetitia Delafontaine and Grégory Niel are engaged in experimental work exploring space, place, and its representation in relation to new media. They address the specificities of cinematic, digital, virtual technologies and their impacts on perception and induced behaviors through artistic proposals.

How does one position oneself in a space that not only allows for multiple maps depending on chosen parameters but is also influenced by another space, virtual or mental, which profoundly alters the ways places are interconnected? This also raises questions about the position of the viewer or the viewed relative to new media and the spaces represented by these new media."

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